Andy Peat is the video analysis coach for the Vancouver Whitecaps. In this four-part blog series, Peat will describe how the Whitecaps’ program uses video and how vital it is to its success.
Just 15 minutes separate the conclusion of the first half and the beginning of the second—a short, but important period. In this small window, the coaching staff needs to compact all their opinions, feelings and observations into clear messages for the players to apply in the second half.
Analysts have an important role in maximizing this time period. They must have data to reinforce the coaches’ messages. This includes:
- Tactical video clips linked to the game strategy
- Statistics showing success or weakness
- Individual clips for specific players
- Statistical printouts
- Still images
The impact of analysts’ data can be very profound. The Whitecaps position the analysis team at midfield with a wide-angle camera to capture and code during the first half. The code footage is filtered into specific themes and moments that are presented to the coaches with summarized notes.
Video is just one strategy, but it often has the greatest impact. It’s used as an informative method to trigger an immediate response based on the tactics of the game, opposition changes, strengths and weaknesses. Each match and halftime is different, which makes communication between the analyst and coaching staff crucial.
The impact of video will vary based on the trust between the analysts and the coaches. A key piece of an analyst’s job is knowing what the coaches will want to see and having it ready for them. With Hudl’s tools, they can capture the footage and create a coding process to allow for a quick summary of the match.
We’re not reinventing the wheel here—this is common practice in many professional and national environments around the world. Manchester City’s analysis department released a short video with insights into their match day workflow.
The key points for analysts:
- Build a strong relationship with the head coach so you can understand what will be needed at halftime.
- Know the strategy so you can stay focused on the tactical play.
- Know what you can provide in both home and away environments.
- Always have a backup plan in case of technology failure or error.
- Be clear and concise in your communication.
- Understand the changing locker room dynamic and gauge the mood to decide what you need to provide for the coaches.
Check out Andy’s other articles on how video helps the Vancouver Whitecaps find success.